LOUDON, N.H. — Legends day, the New England Racing Museum’s most important annual event will take place on November 12.
Headlining will be four national motor racing broadcasters with New England roots. Those four names are Dick Berggren, Ken Squier, Jack Arute III and Mike Joy.
The event will include an honoree panel discussion, permanent banner unveiling and a buffet lunch.
Berggren was a fixture on NASCAR television broadcasts from 1981 to 2012 as a pit road reporter and color analyst. Beyond his broadcasting career he served as editor for Stock Car Racing magazine for 23 years. He founded and edited Open Wheel magazine, founded Speedway Illustrated magazine and the New England Racing Museum.
Arute or also known as “Jackie”, began his broadcasting career in 1972 with the Motor Racing Network. Arute worked as a pit reporter from 1984 to 2009 covering NASCAR and Indycar races. He also served as president of the family-owned and nationally known Stafford Motor Speedway in his home state of Connecticut.
Squier was one of NASCAR’s original television broadcasters starting in 1970. He called some of the most historic stock car races in history including the legendary 1979 Daytona 500, the first flag-to-flag coverage of the Great American Race, a moniker he coined. Squier was an on-air talent for NASCAR broadcasts until 2000. Locally he is the founder of one of New England’s most successful short tracks, Thunder Road Speedbowl which opened in 1960. Dave Moody will sit in for Squier during the celebration.
Joy began announcing auto races at Riverside Park Speedway in Agawam, Mass. in 1970. His career as an announcer and broadcaster spans over 50 years. He spent 14 years with the Motor Racing Network and anchored the first live NASCAR Cup Series telecast on ESPN in 1981 and continues to be lead broadcaster for Fox Sports NASCAR coverage. Joy is a broadcaster, promoter, business executive and sports car racer.
Rhode Island native and sportscaster Allen Bestwick will serve as the event emcee.